Ace Football previews the World Cup round 1 match between Morocco and Croatia and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
Morocco and Croatia open up their respective World Cup campaigns against each other on Wednesday. The game is staged at Al Bayt Stadium.
As we are in the opening round of the World Cup group stage, both Morocco and Croatia face a battle to secure their first points of the group stage. Morocco sit as number 22, while Croatia enter their match this coming Wednesday as number 12 in the FIFA world ranking.
While considered outsiders for a group win, Morocco are looking to cause a slight surprise and push their way into second place. It could prove a close battle to get through the group stage, but Croatia head into the World Cup knowing they have real quality in their ranks.
Position in the World Cup standings: Morocco vs Croatia
They have a knife to their throat at the first time of asking, as Morocco are presented with a big hurdle to climb in their first outing at the World Cup. They’ll do well to simply minimize the expected defeat. Croatia will be expecting to land all three points at Al Bayt Stadium in their World Cup opener. They know their opponents are good enough to cause an upset and will be on their toes from the get-go.
Team form: Morocco vs Croatia
Morocco are unbeaten in their last three matches, first beating Chile 2-0, and then drawing 0-0 with Paraguay. They were back as winners when they defeated Georgia 3-0. Morocco were able to win six of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing two of the games. They suffered defeat in two of these outings.
Croatia are in awesome shape going into this next encounter, as they won their last three matches on the bounce. Denmark got left behind in a 2-1 win, before Austria got hammered in a 1-3 victory. Saudi Arabia was the most recent victim in a 0-1 win for Croatia. Croatia were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing two of the games. They suffered one defeat as well.
Betting stats and facts for Morocco and Croatia
Here are some facts that might be useful for placing bets on the upcoming game between Morocco and Croatia. The facts are based on the statistics from the last couple of matches that these teams played across all tournaments.
- Morocco have not lost 34 of the last 36 matches
- Morocco have scored in 20 of the last 22 matches
- In 13 of the last 15 Morocco matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Morocco have won 3 of the last 4 matches without conceding a goal
- Morocco have won 4 of the last 5 matches while scoring more than 1.5 goals
- Croatia have not lost 17 of the last 19 matches
- Croatia have scored in 17 of the last 19 matches
- In 9 of the last 10 Croatia matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Croatia have won the last 5 matches in a row
- Croatia have won 4 of the last 5 matches while scoring less than 2.5 goals
Players in form: Morocco vs Croatia
Look no further than Youssef En-Nesyri, when searching for a marksman currently in good shape. He hit the target three times lately for Morocco in the World Cup, while Luka Modric managed two goals in the last half dozen matches for Croatia in this tournament. No doubt, both are looking to add to their tallies once again.
Betting markets: Morocco vs Croatia
In their last 10 matches across all tournaments, Morocco won six times, drew two and lost two times. Croatia claimed seven wins, drew two times and lost one in their last 10 games across all tournaments. Morocco did not lose any of their last 5 matches. Morocco are on a fantastic streak of no less than 22 matches in a row without defeat as the home side, while Croatia have won their last 5 matches in a row.
Both teams to score
Morocco scored the first goal of the match in five of their previous ten games. Croatia scored the opening goal in seven out of last ten away from home. Morocco have not conceded a goal in 4 consecutive games. Of the previous 10 outings, Morocco scored the opening goal five times, whereas their opponents were first on target in seven of their last 10 games.
Morocco scored an average of 1.7 goals in their last ten matches in which over 2.5 goals happened six times. Over 2.5 goals came up in four of the previous ten matches that Croatia played across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of 1.3 goals in these matches. Morocco kept a clean sheet in one World Cup matches on the spin.
Betting prediction: Morocco vs Croatia
To sum up, the upcoming match between Morocco and Croatia seems to be a good betting opportunity. Considering the above statements, we have come up with a betting prediction for this World Cup game.